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What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is a type of physiotherapy which utilises water to gently warm the body, helping to relax the muscles in a way which may not be possible on dry land. Hydrotherapy sessions aim to increasing strength, balance and mobilisation of joints and reducing muscle spasms, pain and fatigue.

Conditions which may benefit include:

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Cerebro-Vascular Accident (CVA – commonly known as a stroke)
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome

 Hydrotherapy at Merlin MS Centre

The Primrose Hydrotherapy Pool is housed in a Cedar wood building approximately 20 metres from the existing therapy Centre. The 8x4 metre pool is a continuous depth of 1.25 metres and is equipped with a spa and jets. The pool is kept at a constant temperature of between 32-34° Celsius.   The pool design has been carefully considered to ensure full accessibility. Gradual steps with bilateral hand rails lead into the pool and non-slip tiles surround the pool area. There are ceiling hoists directly from a large accessible changing area.

Hydrotherapy aims to encompass the same goals as on-land therapy programmes. 1:1 tailored sessions are offered in addition to a service user’s existing therapy programme.

Hydrotherapy services are available for registered service users. For more information on accessing hydrotherapy please contact the therapy team on 01726 885530 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.